Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Baking, anyone?

So, yesterday and today I've fulfilled the ever-present urge to bake. After all, I will soon have a captive group of tasters. Instead of trying something new I went with the ole tried-and-true crowd pleasers.

Coke Cake: This is the ultimate cake for ease of transportation and bang for your buck. Plus it's amazing. This recipe came from my friend Mendy about 10 years ago, and it's been one of my go-to's ever since.

Preheat oven to 350-deg and lightly grease a 13x9 cake pan.
Combine the following in a large bowl.
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar

Melt the following in a saucepan. When melted, pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.
2 sticks butter
3 Tbl. cocoa
1 cup Coke

Add these ingredients to the bowl of chocolate heaven and mix very well.
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cup marshmallows

Pour into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Don't overbake! The success of this cake depends on it being moist!

Now, the icing. Towards the end of the baking time, combine the following ingredients in the saucepan and melt to combine.
1 stick butter
3 Tbl. cocoa
6 Tbl. Coke
Remove from heat and add
1 box of powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans.
Mix well, and pour this icing over the hot cake when it comes out of the oven. Let sit for about an hour. Every hour it sits only makes it better and better....

Second, Bran Muffins, sometimes called Six-Weeks Muffins:
Supposedly this mix will stay in your fridge, unbaked, for up to 6 weeks. I've never tried it and can't imagine our family could wait that long. These usually get scarfed up pretty quickly. However, it makes a HUGE batch. As in, the biggest mixing bowl you have might not accomodate this recipe. So plan to be creative. You could buy a giant plastic popcorn bowl, or I use a giant aluminum bowl that's probably 18" in diameter. You can find these at Walmart, Target etc.

1 15oz. box of Wheaties or Bran Flakes cereal, or use Raisin Bran if you like raisins.
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
4 beaten eggs
1 quart of buttermilk
5 cups flour ( I use white and wheat combined, about 1/2 of each)
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients in your gigantic bowl. Add beaten eggs, oil and milk. Mix well and store in tightly covered bowl or canister. Bake at 400-deg for 15-20 minutes. This will make about 4 dozen smallish muffins, so it's perfect for brunches or showers.

Tomorrow we leave for vacation, so I won't be posting for a while, only eating and hiking and fishing and drinking. Ta ta!


  1. Oooh! I remember the Coke cake from my wedding shower. It is DIVINE! I will have to make it again soon.
    Liz, you NEED to read SmittenKitchen:
    I am a recent addict. It's the kind of food I like to eat - lots of fresh and REAL ingredients (butter, anyone?) - but it's all easily accomplished by a home cook. Check it out.

  2. I know how much you love to bake and wanted to share this recipe with you. I made these cupcakes for our 4th of July gathering and they were a hit! Ina Garten's German Chocolate Cupcakes can be found at this address. I hope your trip went well. Love, Floy